The cost of being obese can be high

Jan 31, 2011

A growing number of children are being classified as obese

Obesity can have a hefty toll on a person's health and cause medical care costs to soar, according to researchers at the National Center for Children in Poverty.

Despite this, a growing number of American children are being classified as overweight or obese. NCCP data found that more than a quarter of Mexican-American boys and non-Hispanic black girls between the ages of 12 and 19 are obese.

The NCCP says up to 10 percent of healthcare spending goes towards obesity-related ailments. People may personally pay the price for their weight problems. It's important to note that as teens get older and purchase their own life insurance policies, they may face higher premiums as a result of their unhealthy weight.

Obesity is linked to several serious and potentially life-shortening conditions. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is commonly diagnosed among those with severe weight problems. However, in most cases, the condition can be prevented if a person follows a proper diet, gets adequate exercise and maintains an appropriate weight.

Many healthcare professionals recommend people get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week and consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fats and oils.

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